Obama’s speech has led to a lot of discussion, not enough and certainly not on the level that is necessary. I want to highlight some of that discussion here. I am sure that a lot of readers have seen the speech, if not it is easy to find. We have a strict policy here at The Rustbelt Radical about not linking to liberals or Democrats. They get enough press.
I am more interested in reading what radicals, Marxists and activists have to say. Especially black Marxists, radicals and activists. Some of the folks below may lean liberal, but their contributions are referenced by the left. In no particular order here are just a few links to the discussion. If folks have more please send them in and I’ll keep this page updated. The coming April editions of various publications will be carrying reactions as well.
Various: The Black Commentator Editorial Board on Obama’s Race Speech The Black Commentator
Paul Street: The Pale Reflection: Barack Obama, MLK and the Meaning of the Black Revolution Black Agenda Report
Paul Street: The Audacity of Reaction Znet
Socialist Worker Editorial: The New Debate About Racism Socialist Worker (US)
James B. Cannon: Obama’s Pastor Was Right Solidarity Webzine
Manning Marable Barack Obama’s Problem–And Ours Along the Color Line Znet
John V. Walsh: A Touch of Bigotry Counterpunch
Dan La Botz: New Challenges for Obama, the Democrats and the Left Counterpunch
Cat Woods: A Letter to Mom on Obama Counterpunch
Workers World Editorial: Race, Class and Obama’s Speech Workers World